The trials and tribulations of small space living are well-documented here on NONAGON.style. From ‘tiny home’ tours to advice on how to design an abode which belies a less than generous footprint, we’ve covered it all. But what about small space living in an awkwardly-shaped apartment? Well that is a path less traversed, until now that is. Ahead, discover how CaSA negotiated an irregular floor plan and diagonal walls to completely transform an awkward Barcelona apartment. Keep scrolling for more.
When Small Meets Awkward
When Elena moved into her Sant Antoni apartment, the problem with her new abode wasn’t its compact 51 square meter size. Rather, it was the irregular floor plan – all awkward peaks and diagonal walls – which proved to be the bigger headache, prompting her to call in the professionals at CaSA.
The floor plan consisted of a narrow central body with two peak-shaped spaces at either end. The challenge lay in ensuring there was a space for everything whilst simultaneously incorporating the open-plan aesthetic Elena loves.
For this reason, CaSA chose to enhance the diagonal lines of the apartment’s contour. Sometimes, the team would extend the lines to define a particular area. Elsewhere, they chose to slice portions at an angle to amplify the feeling of width. Overall, the result is a bright open space, full of playful contours and interesting angles.
“Our aim was to create spaces that felt as wide and comfortable as possible.” – CaSA
Overall, this mix helps to soften any harsh light pouring in through the windows – perfect for a warm, cozy aesthetic.
Nooks and Crannies
An open-plan space can be difficult to organize, but the diagonal contours of this apartment help to create natural separation between areas. I also love how CaSA have incorporated little nooks and alcoves into their design. This allows for discreet private hideaways within the open layout – in other words, the best of both worlds!
Remember the corridor-like central space? That was transformed into a linear gallery kitchen. Because of its unique shape, bespoke units were chosen to really make the most of this area.
To accommodate Elena’s height, the counter has been installed at higher than standard measures. Likewise, the oven and microwave have been incorporated into the higher cabinets rather than below the hob.
On the Tiles
In the bathroom, vertical sage gray-green tiles draw the eye upwards, making the space feel larger than it is. Boasting a wide prism-shaped shower and bespoke angled countertops, this room was designed to take advantage of the apartment’s irregularities.
“Floors and the angle shaped counter are made in thin, micro-textured, large-format porcelain slabs. Two globe lamps, especially finished in brushed nickel, just like the faucets, are placed on each side of the circular mirror.” – CaSA
As per Elena’s request, the private bedroom quarters embraces simplicity in both color and design. Exposed brick walls introduce texture into the space, while floor-to-ceiling cupboards ensure plenty of storage.
When open, the double door entrance connects the bedroom to the wider apartment, enhancing the sense of space further.
Although an irregular floor plan is never ideal, there are ways of transforming your awkward abode into a dream-worthy home. The key, it seems, is to work with the space you have. Embrace it in all its quirky glory, just like CaSA did with Elena’s Barcelona apartment, and rest happy in the knowledge that there won’t be another home like it!
What are your top tips for negotiating an awkward floor plan?
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